Court restrains Ayade from setting up caretaker committees for councils
The court, presided over by the State Chief Judge, Justice Okoi Itam, yesterday issued the injunction restraining the governor and the state government from appointing caretaker committees to run the affairs of the councils.
In addition, the court also restrained the 17 heads of local government administration (HOLGAs) from performing the functions of democratically-elected chairmen in the said councils.
The court order followed a motion ex-parte with suit number HC/17/2017 instituted by the State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 15 others against Governor Ayade, who recently directed that chairmen of local councils should hand over to their various heads of councils.
The state chapter of the APC challenged the directive, saying it was unconstitutional as there was no such provision for caretaker in the constitution.After hearing submissions by the counsel to the claimants, Chief Utum Eteng, on the interpretation of Section 7 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, Justice Itam issued the order stopping the governor and the government from setting up caretaker committees.Since it was an ex-parte, the court gave the state government 14 days to react to the order.